The Science and Art of Medicine

 

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Steel bullet extractor, 17th century.

Bullet extractor, made out of steel, incomplete.

 
Balasegarams liver retractor, 1980.

Balasegarams liver retractor, stainless steel, by Downs Surgical Ltd., England.

 
O'Dwyer paediatric intubation set, 1905-1920.

O'Dwyer intubation set, children�s, cased, incomplete, nickel plated steel instruments, probably English.

 
Carbolic acid solution spray, French, 1860-1887.

Carbolic spray for creating antiseptic conditions during surgery, modification by Lucas-Championniere of Lister's invention, made by Collin and Company of Paris; French

 
Amputation saw and two artificial arms, 16th century.

Two iron artificial arms and an amputation saw. Previously, it was thought that the arms may have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armoure

 
Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

Tracheotomy set, complete, metal and ivory instruments in leather case, by S. Maw, Son & Thompson of London.

 
Trepanning set, English, c 1750s.

Case of trephination instruments, c. 1731-1770. Trepanning is the removal of a piece of bone from the skull. The instruments are of a type introduced by Samuel Sharp (1700-1778) of Guy's Hospital, who wrote 'Treatise on the operation of surgery' (17

 
Laryngeal bougie, late 19th century.

MacKenzie's laryngeal electrode wood, metal and gum elastic, probably British

 
Surgical instrument set, c 1855.

Set of surgical instruments, by Savigny, owned by Dr. Evans in Crimea, c. 1855

 
Carved wooden medicine box, African.

A carved wooden medicine box with hinged lid and fabric carrying strap. Although now empty, the contents are unknown. Knowledge about the healing properties of plants is considered secret in many African societies – only to be passed on to the next g